ASERCOM, the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers, is the platform for dealing with scientific and technical topics and their challenges. Our aim is to promote standards for performance rating, methods of testing and product safety. We focus on improved environmental protection, supporting the HVAC & R industry and its customers.
One of the strengths of ASERCOM is the cross-company cooperation of the member companies’ delegates and the resultant knowledge transfer. In five different areas of activities ASERCOM is dealing with the following key topics: certifications, standards, technologies, policies and regulations, and communications.
The Ecodesign regulation EU 2015/1095 sets Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) for condensing units with regard to ecodesign requirements for professional refrigerated storage cabinets, blast cabinets, condensing units and process chillers. In order to prove the efficacy of a certain refrigeration component, a manufacturer should be able to provide proof that these requirements are met. The ASERCOM certification programme proves that the MEPS are met.
The ASERCOM certification committee decides on the plausibility of submitted data sets and assigns the certification. In addition, about 20 percent of the units are tested by independent test institutes. Participating units receive the ASERCOMcertification programme label.
The manufacturers within the HVAC & R industry see a need for a harmonised European database to ensure that the end-users and installers/contractors receive the correct, accurate, and updated product data. This is where ASERCOM comes into play. ASERCOM delivers a dedicated online database, which is presenting compressor and condensing unit product data of manufacturers within a standardised framework according to the latest EN 12900 and EN 13215. The certification programme allows potential customers to select products with certified performance and supports market transparency and level playing field.
ASERCOMoffers a public access to product passport for market surveillance authorities by supporting mandatory publication of product information requirements and showing compliance with Europiean Ecodesign regulation.
Participants gain insights into condensing unit testing and design considerations related to components and refrigerants. Harmonized test procedure (certification process is well defined and supervised by a notified body) and declaration of performance for condensing units are according to the latest EN 13215 standard.
The greatest benefit is the state of the art ASERCOM condensing unit certification software, which is only available for participants.
The certification software includes a database that stores the raw performance data from the components, to allow easy access and use for the participants. ASERCOM maintains a refrigerant property database to avoid deviations in performance calculation due to different refrigerant manufacturers’ data. It assists participants design engineering by allowing to pair and calculate different condenser designs, fans, compressors, and new refrigerants. The certification software also generates performance data for documentation and catalogues, allows the plausibility check of existing condensing unit performance data and prepares data for the certification process.
The data uploaded to the ASERCOM certification software for plausibility check and publication via Website is fully owned and controlled by the condensing unit manufacturer and ASERCOM’s Senior Delegate.
Here is an example to illustrate: A manufacturer can decide to provide data for plausibility check or publication by himself. No competitor has access to those data. The only one to handle or check the specific data is the independent ASERCOM Senior Delegate.
Yes, many performance data generated through the ASERCOM Compressor Certified Performance programmes are also of relevance for Condensing Unit certification and software. Accordingly, the publically available data of ASERCOM Certified Performance will be published on the ASERCOM Website, offering an additional benefit for certification participants.
Participating units receive the ASERCOM certification programme label offering an additional added value for the manufactures advertisement.